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Revisiting global health in an interdependent world

An article in the January 4, 2014 issue of The Lancet calls for a new, broader conceptualization of the term “global health” that acknowledges the “interconnectedness—both across countries and across sectors—in the causes and effects of health threats, and interdependence in our…

Health rights advocates gather to learn, network

October 3, 2013 — It is not just that there is a need for improved access to both health and justice systems, Harvard School of Public Health Lecturer Alicia Ely Yamin told a group of students gathered for a weeklong intensive course…

Vitamin A supplement programs improve child survival

Further research needed on more frequent supplementation and alternative dosing approaches, says HSPH’s Fawzi Vitamin A supplementation is an “important child survival initiative,” HSPH Prof. Wafaie Fawzi and doctoral candidate Andrew Thorne-Lyman wrote in the August 25, 2011 British Medical Journal. Their…

HSPH students simulate international aid negotiations

Fourteen HSPH students participated in an innovative extracurricular exercise on March 25, joining with students from other Harvard graduate schools, Boston University, and Tufts University, to simulate the high-level negotiations behind the funding of international aid packages. Representing delegations from the Malawian…

Maternal health advocates push for new global goals

March 5, 2013 -- Throughout history, more women have died in childbirth than men have died in battle, Mahmoud Fathalla, founder of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, told attendees at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, co-sponsored by Harvard School…

Chagas disease dubbed “The new AIDS of the Americas”

Chagas disease, a potentially deadly ailment that afflicts an estimated 8 to 11 million people worldwide, has been dubbed “the new AIDS of the Americas” in an editorial in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to a May 28, 2012 New…

Much can be done to ease cancer burden in poorer nations

Although more than half of all new cancers and two-thirds of annual cancer deaths worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, with the cancer burden disproportionately affecting the poor, a new report offers upbeat, realistic recommendations on ways to alleviate the problem,…

Health is key component of global agenda, says HSPH dean

Health is key in advancing three of the most fundamental issues on the global agenda: economic development, global security, and human rights, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk told The Huffington Post. Healthy populations are crucial for growing struggling economies around the world, Frenk…

Global health news: In Pakistan, controlling water is key

Pakistan is a nation built around a single river, the 1,800-mile Indus. Earlier this summer, rains sent floodwaters raging down the river, killing more than 1,600 and destroying more than a million homes, along with bridges, roads, power lines, and health clinics.…

Global experts convene for malaria eradication conference

Leading malaria experts from public and private institutions around the world convened for a three-day conference aimed at discussing and rethinking the future of malaria prevention, control, elimination, and eradication. The culminating session, “Rethinking Malaria: The Science of Eradication Symposium,” emphasized the…